blues history

Mysterious Burial of Blind Joe Reynolds

Dec 10, 2018
Lesli Rambin

Blind Joe Reynolds, also known as Joe Sheppard, was born in Tallulah and recorded 8 songs in the 1930s for Paramount and the RCA Victor, 2 of which are undiscovered.

Reynolds passed away in 1968 after being admitted to St. Francis hospital and dying of pneumonia. He was buried at Richwood Memorial Gardens but nothing is known of his actual funeral and was never given an actual headstone at the time of his death to mark his burial. No family of Reynolds could be found or contacted to get more information on him and his burial.

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Entertainer Mable John returns to Northeast Louisiana for a celebration of her birthday and talent! The community of Bastrop hosts a celebration of John's 88th birthday Saturday, November 3 at 2 p.m. at Evans Business Plaza in Bastrop. At 6:30 p.m., the historic Rose Theatre in Bastrop hosts a screening of the Academy and Grammy Award-winning 2013 film 20 Feet from Stardom. 

Tonight: One Time Screening of "I Am the Blues"

Aug 15, 2018

The Northeast Louisiana Arts Council and KEDM Public Radio are hosting a screening of I Am the Blues, a film about the history of blues music in the Delta, especially along the Chitlin' Circuit. The film is tonight on Wednesday, August 15 at 7 p.m. at Flying Tiger Brewery, 506 North 2nd Street in Monroe.

Summer Film Series "I AM THE BLUES"

Jul 23, 2018

The Arts Council of Northeast Louisiana presents the first Northeast Louisiana Summer Film Series. Thanks to everyone who came out as KEDM partnered with the Council for a screening of I AM THE BLUES, on Wednesday, August 15 at 7 p.m. at Flying Tiger Brewery, 506 North 2nd Street in Monroe.

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Mable John, “Motown’s first singing lady” is a Bastrop, Louisiana native. The eldest of 10 children, she became the first female signed by Berry Gordy to Motown’s Tamla Records.

When she was just a baby, her family moved from Bastrop to Cullendale, Arkansas where her father worked at a paper mill.

Blind Joe Reynolds Used Music to Speak Out

Mar 14, 2018
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Born in Tallulah, Louisiana, Blues guitarist and songwriter, Blind Joe Reynolds recorded eight songs with Paramount Records and Victor Records.  Reynolds was given the nickname “Blind Joe” after losing both of his eyes from a shotgun blast following an altercation.

Although left blind, Reynolds remained outspoken and candid by often using his music as a tool to speak out against societal injustices.